Newcastle latest news: Magpies could be about to take 'risk' with manager appointment

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Newcastle United would be taking a risk if they opted to hand the managerial reins to Paulo Fonseca, according to Sky Sports journalist Michael Bridge.

The Magpies have been without a boss since mutually agreeing to part ways with Steve Bruce last week.

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Graeme Jones, who was a leading member of Bruce's backroom staff, has been placed in interim charge for two matches while the club's new owners, who completed a takeover worth £305million earlier this month, conduct their search for Bruce's successor.

However, Jones was unable to guide Newcastle to their maiden win of the campaign as they registered a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace when the 51-year-old took charge for the first time on Saturday.

Norwich City remain the only side below the Magpies in the Premier League table thanks to their winless run being extended.

Fonseca, who has been out of work since leaving Italian side Roma at the end of last season, has emerged as a contender for the top job at St James' Park.

Ex-Bournemouth chief Eddie Howe and former Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre, who turned down the Crystal Palace vacancy in the summer, are also reportedly on a three-man shortlist of candidates still in the running to replace Bruce.

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What has Michael Bridge said about Fonseca?

Bridge believes Newcastle should think twice before handing the manager's job to Fonseca.

The Sky Sports journalist is not impressed by what the Portuguese has achieved during his career.

Fonseca was also linked with taking charge at Tottenham Hotspur before talks broke down in the summer and Bridge has concerns over his capabilities.

He told GIVEMESPORT: "Newcastle will be an interesting one. If it's Fonseca, then that's a bit of a risk because he doesn't know the Premier League.

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"I don't watch a hell of a lot of Serie A but I delved into him a little bit more when I thought he was getting the Spurs job and, I must say, I wasn't overly enamoured by what I was reading."

How successful has Fonseca been elsewhere?

Fonseca boasts an incredible record from his time in charge of Shakhtar Donetsk, where he won the Ukrainian top flight title three times.

Shakhtar suffered just 18 defeats over the course of Fonseca's 139 matches at the helm.

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The 48-year-old's next job came at Roma, with him taking over the Serie A giants in 2019.

He went on to enjoy 53 wins in 101 encounters during his time in the Italian capital.

Fonseca, who has also bossed the likes of Porto and Braga in his homeland, has experienced life in the dugout 453 times and triumphed on 261 occasions.

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